A bill making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion passed in the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday 74 to 3.
“The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in a womb is not a person,” said Republican Rep. Terri Collins of Decatur. Sixty-six of 104 House members signed on as co-sponsors for the bill. The Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision asserts the right to privacy of the mother trumps the right to life of the child and intentionally ignored the personhood of the preborn baby.
The Alabama bill would make it a Class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion and a Class C felony for attempting to perform an abortion unless there is a serious health risk to the mother.
“I believe that this chamber, this body will never make a greater decision that today I believe that with all my heart, protecting the life of an unborn child,” Rep. Rich Wingo, R-Tuscaloosa, said. “In Tuscaloosa, Alabama there are more murders, more abortions than anywhere in the state of Alabama. 3500 average per year take place right on River Road. There are more abortions in Tuscaloosa than there are births….It’s time for Alabama to lead for once.”
There was plenty of opposition despite the massive vote advantage.
Rep. Rolanda Hollis, D-Birmingham read from a poem “If My Vagina was a Gun,” comparing the gun’s rights debate to the debate of a woman’s right to an abortion.
“We expected this vote to happen and we are ready for a fight in the Senate,” said Staci Fox, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. “Today’s floor debate made it crystal clear what Alabama lawmakers think about women. It also revealed just how callous and flagrant they can be.”